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Charles Clark Kegelman


Kegelman received the Distinguished Service Cross for the 8th Air Force's first bombing action over Europe on 4 July 1942. The right propeller of his Douglas Boston was shot away by flak while over the target at De Koog. Further ground fire caused damage to his right wing, and the engine caught fire. Kegelman's aircraft lost altitude and even bounced off the ground.

While flying away from the target on one engine Kegelman opened fire on a flak tower, he then limped back to Britain, by flying home at water-level.

Died while serving with the 42nd Bombardment Group (Medium) at Mindanao, Philippine Islands.

Awards: DSC, DFC (3OLC), AP, EAME (battle star), PH.


Units served with

  • 301st Bomb Group

    301st Bomb Group

    Activated 3-February-1942 at Geiger Field, Washington and equipped with B-17s. On 27-May-1942 the ground unit moved to Alamogordo Army Air Field, New Mexico, and the aircraft went to Muroc Army Air Field (now Edwards Air Force Base), California for...

  • 15th Bomb Squadron

    15th Bomb Squadron

    The 15th Bomb Squadron was the first US bomb unit sent to UK. Flying personnel arrived at Newport without aircraft on 13 May 1942. ...


Associated Place


Event Location Date
Born El Reno, OK 22 October 1915

Son of Charles Christian and Alva [Bartunek] Kegelman.

Died Mindanao, PI 9 March 1945

Died while serving with the 42nd Bombardment Group (Medium) at Mindanao, Philippine Islands

Buried El Reno Cemetery El Reno, Canadian County, OK April 1949

El Reno Cemetery
El Reno, Canadian County, Oklahoma


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Sources and observing photos

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10 October 2019 14:57:14 Emily Changes to middlename, biography, awards and unit associations

The US Army Air Forces in World War II, Volume 1 - Plans and Early Operations: Jan 1939-Aug 1942 p 659

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19 September 2017 10:43:14 Al_Skiff Changes to media associations

Roger Freeman Photo.

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22 February 2016 15:14:52 Lucy May Created entry with surname, firstname, nationality, highest rank, role, unit associations, place associations, mission associations and media associations

Captions from the Freeman collection photos.